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From Aug 2006 - Nov 2013 WeDig provided a live forum for diggers & fans of Vindolanda. It has now been mothballed and will be maintained as a live archive.

Here you will find preserved 7 years of conversation, photos, & knowledge about a site many people love. Vindolanda gets under the skin. (Figuratively and literally as a volunteer excavator!) It's a place you remember, filled with people you remember!

Thanks for 7 great years!

We Dig Vindolanda 2.0
Hello all!

If you can believe it, www.wedigvindolanda.com has now been live for over 2 years! I wanted to say a big "thank you" to all of you. Your posts, pictures, insights, discussions, and all have made a fledgling idea into a success.

But it's time to be honest -- the site is showing its age, the limitations of the hosting service, and the limitations of its moderator. :D With the 2008 season over, it seems a good time to sit down and think how to take it to the next level. I want it to be more interactive, simpler to navigate, more informative, more thought-provoking, and plain more fun.

Vindolanda has catapulted our understanding of a distant world. Every year it brings together hundreds of folks from all ages & walks of life who share a common love. It's a place that forges friendships and leaves amazing memories in people's minds. The landscape holds thousands of years of personal stories. And in many ways it holds a history of archaeology itself. The record of scientific excavation at Vindolanda goes back nearly two centuries!

I want this forum to reflect all of that. I'd like to see this become a place where a person can get a true feel for it all: from Roman construction techniques & fort design, to the story of archaeological advances, to the types of finds & soils a new digger can encounter, to what's on the menu at the Twice Brewed Inn and who won last week's Pub Quiz.

A tall order, and maybe too much to hope for. But I'd rather at least aim higher than lower!

It's early days. I do have some specific ideas. But the things I don't know far outweigh those that I do. I don't even know what I don't know yet. :D But in coming days & weeks I'll be listing out thoughts, and what's needed to make them happen.

The thing is, this is -your- site as much as it is anybody's. So I'm eager for as many ideas and as much help/collaboration as you all are willing to offer. There is no such thing as a bad suggestion. Nor is there any need to hold back criticism. What works? What doesn't? And if you have development skills you can bring, please don't be shy. And tell your friends, spread the word. Let's see just what wedigvindolanda.com can be.

More to follow. And thank you again!

Justin, you are a born storyteller. This is a fantastic window into a world that I've now gone far too long without being able to see for myself! Thanks for this post.

Eagerly awaiting the next published report(s)!

Remember this?
Personally I'm cool with a little dissent. Reminds us that not every choice we make is cut & dried. As long as nobody starts plotting step-by-step how to take down archaeological volunteers painlessly. :o

So... is the Archers any good?

Remember this?
What a great breakdown, thanks Justin.

I think it's all just proof that managing an archaeological site poses a whole slew of tough choices. Far aside from whether to dig or preserve in situ, whether to display or conserve. Personally, I'd rather a rabbit die instantly and painlessly than be toyed with & mauled as nature so often does. I'd also choose preservation of the site's archaeology and safety of the visitors over absolute protection of wildlife.

In 2006 Sam & I kept count of the dead rabbits we saw on the road during our 3-week trip. 131 individual road kills. In 4 years of visiting Vindolanda I've personally killed 2 instantly, and severely mauled a third. I still remember each of the three, especially the third, and it stinks. But they're just -everywhere-. To me, it's amazing that Vindolanda's able to keep them away with such limited active hunting.

hello... AGAIN
I am -ecstatic- that someone would spend their Saturday night reading this forum!!

hello... AGAIN
Irons are for the weak!!

And you got me thinking, maybe a great way to add some revenue would be a Vindolanda staff calendar, a la "Calendar Girls."


Perhaps not.